Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Elder Brothers in the Hate


Fifteen minutes of hate in Silwan

The vicious anti-Arab sentiments flowing through the streets of this Jerusalem neighbourhood are a shock to the senses


Meron Rapoport - guardian.co.uk

Monday 31 August 2009

It's searing hot, but there's some pleasantness about the stone-flagged path rising from the centre of Silwan, Jerusalem. Maybe it's the breeze, or the stone houses oozing coolness into the air, or maybe it's the wide-open mountain landscape. There are three of us – Ilan, the director, Michael, the cameraman and me, the interviewee. We're making a film on the blatant institutional discrimination against the residents of this Palestinian east-Jerusalem neighbourhood; authorities favour the Jewish settlers who are not hiding their desire to Judaise the neighbourhood, to void it of its Palestinian character.

Even before we position the camera, a group of orthodox Jewish girls, aged about eight to 10, come walking up the path in their ankle-long skirts, pretty, chattering, carefree. One of them slows down beside us, and pleasantly asks us if we want to film her. What would you like to tell us, we ask. I want to say that Jerusalem belongs to us Jews, she says as she walks on, only it's a pity there are Arabs here. The messiah will only come when there isn't a single Arab left here. She walks on, and her girlfriends giggle and rejoin her.

Two minutes later a young, well-built young man comes up, carrying a weapon and a radio, without any uniform or tag upon his clothes. Even before he opens his mouth I'm already guessing he's a security guard, an employee of the private security contractor operated by settlers but sponsored by the housing ministry at an annual budget of NIS 40m (£4.6m). This security company has long since become a private militia policing the entire neighbourhood and intimidating the Palestinian residents without any legal basis whatsoever. A committee set up by a housing minister determined that this arrangement was to cease, and the security of both Palestinian and Jewish residents must be handed over to the Israeli national police. The government endorsed the committee's conclusions in 2006, but recanted six months later, under settler pressure. The private security contractor went on operating.

What are you doing here, the guy asks us. What are you doing here, I reply. I'm a security guard, now tell me what are you doing here, he says, growing more irate. It's none of your business, I reply. What's your name, he asks. What's your name, I answer. It doesn't matter, he says, I'm a security guard. So my name doesn't matter either, I reply. The security guy, visibly annoyed, resorts to conversing with his radio. If we were Palestinians, we'd have cleared the street at first notice. That's the unwritten rule. But we are Hebrew-speaking Israelis. It's a problem. The operation centre apparently explains our man that we're on public ground and there's little he can do about it. He positions himself nearby with his gun, not leaving us the entire trip.

We move on. A few minutes later two teenage girls, aged 17 or 18, come walking up the path. They're not orthodox, and one can see that they're not local. One of them stops in front of the camera. Film me, she pleads. Would you like to be interviewed, we ask. She says yes. She's from the town of Gan Yavne, and came to visit Jerusalem, City of David. Why here, we ask. Because this is where King David was, she says. It's a very important place for the Jewish people. It's such a shame there are Arabs here, though. But very soon all the Arabs will be dead, God willing, and all of Jerusalem will be ours. She walks on.

Two minutes pass by, and an ultra-orthodox Jewish family comes striding up the path. The husband, all in black, asks Ilan: say, do both Jews and Arabs live in this neighbourhood? Both Palestinians and Jews, Ilan replies, but most residents are Palestinians. It's only temporary, the ultra-Orthodox man reassures him, pretty soon there won't be a single Arab left here.

I exchanged glances with Ilan and Michael. We've been here for less than 15 minutes, we haven't asked anyone on what they feel about Arabs or the future of Jerusalem, we only stood for a short while in the street. Hate flowed toward us like a river to the sea, freely, naturally. Do you think, I ask Ilan, that we'll run into someone who'll say something positive, something human, something kind about human beings? Forget human, Ilan replies, I wonder if we'll run into someone who'll be content to just say something nice about the clear Jerusalem air.

Silwan. Remember that name. Its violence will soon overshadow that of Hebron.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/aug/31/silwan-jerusalem-hate

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

you guys are delusional....
you believe some Jewish guy died to save the world...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
you guys are delusional....
you believe some Jewish guy died to save the world...

September 5, 2009 3:40 PM
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So what's your problem? Others believe that their god has an elephant's trunk and four arms. Yet they are OK aren't they?

Anonymous said...

Actually, they're also delusional....
but it's good you realise the equivalence of the elephant with arms and this jewish guy who your version of god fathered.
They're equally unreal...

Anonymous said...

Actually, they're also delusional....
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And why are you not delusional also?
Join the crowd, man!

Anonymous said...

There's nothing more delusional than Judaism and Holocaustianity!

Anonymous said...

God does not delude His children. He has backed up the Truth of His Catholic religion with outstanding miracles. Even Shakespeare was not deluded by Catholicism.
Who are deluded are the taxpayers of America and Europe who are sucked off billions by the state of "Shylock-Israel" which blinds the world with its Satanic Talmudism

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to avoid delusion and live in reality. The sense I get from most of you is that you're living in some exquisite cess pool of hatred, jealousy of Jews while being fully devoted to the myth of some Jewish guy being your savior....
bizarre...

Cambrensis said...

Anonymous No 1 wrote:

"I'm trying to avoid delusion and live in reality."

Good plan. But how do you tell which is which? Reality can sometimes be ... counterintuitive.

Anonymous said...

thorough research is the best tool...
and the thought that the Creator impregnated a jewish woman to make a savior who demands loyalty as the measure of human worth....
ahem....
i'm trying not to giggle...

Cambrensis said...

Anonymous wrote:

thorough research is the best tool...

Where has your research led you? Atheism? Paganism? Islam? Or -- Judaism??!!

Anonymous said...

Judaism!!??

Of course....:)

Anonymous said...

And to live in Israel...and watch the unfolding of the prophetic visions in my own lifetime up close.

Cambrensis said...

A messianic Zionist. Interesting.

I found the following on a Jewish website called "Judaism 101":

The moshiach will bring about the political and spiritual redemption of the Jewish people by bringing us back to Israel and restoring Jerusalem (Isaiah 11:11-12; Jeremiah 23:8; 30:3; Hosea 3:4-5). He will establish a government in Israel that will be the center of all world government, both for Jews and gentiles (Isaiah 2:2-4; 11:10; 42:1). He will rebuild the Temple and re-establish its worship (Jeremiah 33:18). He will restore the religious court system of Israel and establish Jewish law as the law of the land (Jeremiah 33:15).


It goes on:


In the Olam Ha-Ba [messianic age], the whole world will recognize the Jewish G-d as the only true G-d, and the Jewish religion as the only true religion (Isaiah 2:3; 11:10; Micah 4:2-3; Zechariah 14:9).


http://www.jewfaq.org/moshiach.htm


Does that chime with your views?

Isn't a "world government" with a mandate to enforce Judaism as "the only true religion" basically a charter for the persecution of Christians?

Perhaps you will answer that the messianic revelation will be so obvious that there will be no need for persecution -- The eyes of the Christians will be opened and they will freely acknowledge Judaism as the truth, either becoming Jews or accepting their status as Noahides.


But wait -- "Judaism 101" goes on to explain why Jews don't accept Jesus as the Messiah:

Jesus did not do any of the things that the scriptures said the messiah would do. On the contrary, another Jew born about a century later came far closer to fulfilling the messianic ideal than Jesus did. His name was Shimeon ben Kosiba, known as Bar Kokhba (son of a star), and he was a charismatic, brilliant, but brutal warlord. Rabbi Akiba, one of the greatest scholars in Jewish history, believed that Bar Kokhba was the moshiach. Bar Kokhba fought a war against the Roman Empire, catching the Tenth Legion by surprise and retaking Jerusalem. He resumed sacrifices at the site of the Temple and made plans to rebuild the Temple. He established a provisional government and began to issue coins in its name. This is what the Jewish people were looking for in a moshiach; Jesus clearly does not fit into this mold. Ultimately, however, the Roman Empire crushed his revolt and killed Bar Kokhba. After his death, all acknowledged that he was not the moshiach.


So what we have here is a "brutal warlord" held up as a model for the type of messiah Jews should expect. His only flaw was that he failed. And he is reported as persecuting Christians who did not accept his messianic claims.

Not reassuring!

Anonymous said...

You seem to know all my answers before I say them...so I'll leave you to your dialogue...

Cambrensis said...

Anonymous wrote:

You seem to know all my answers before I say them...


Not at all.

I was just quoting from one Jewish website. I have no idea if you share those beliefs -- that's why I was asking. I don't even know if those beliefs are mainstream among Orthodox Jewish sects.

Anonymous said...

There's alot of theories/beliefs and to say that it's very clear is to be overly simplistic...
What is clear is who the Messiah is not...
and it's not some Jewish guy whose mother was impregnated by the Creator 2000 years ago who his main publicist (Paul/Saul) never even met...
that's a cute story that caught on big and has infantilized
too much of humankind since it was forced on people quite some time ago....

Cambrensis said...

Anonymous wrote:

that's a cute story that caught on big and has infantilized
too much of humankind since it was forced on people quite some time ago....



Do you have a remedy for this undesirable situation? Any suggestions as to how this too-large segment of mankind can be helped to grow up and reach spiritual maturity?

You say "there's alot of theories/beliefs" about the Messianic Age. Fair enough. Nothing wrong with that. I'm just curious as to what theories/beliefs YOU - Mr Anonymous - subscribe to.

Forgive me for saying so, but you seem reluctant to state plainly what YOU believe. An uncharitable interpretation would be that you are being evasive.

What can I, a Christian, expect if I live to see your Messiah? (How close are we - in your opinion?)

Anonymous said...

Hey Mr. Cambrensis...I'd be happy to respond...I've been away and too busy ...and didn't want to give a flippant answer to what may be a sincere question...
Please let me know you're still interested and reading this...
send me an email to bl21@hotmail.com...
i will then take the time to write out a considered answer...